Expert Profile

Ms. Carolyn Appleton

Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications,
Carolyn M. Appleton


Austin, TX
United States


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I am a nonprofit fundraising and digital communications specialist with many years of hands on experience across Texas and beyond. My mission is to help organizations, communities, donors and volunteers attain their fundraising, communications and public relations goals in the most efficient, thoughtful, high-quality manner possible.

I was elected to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in 1985, the year I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master's Degree in American 19th century art history.

In 2011, I launched Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog. The blog shares experiences and advice based on more than thirty years working in the trenches of nonprofit fundraising and communications. More than 100 nations visit annually. It is my primary publication and is provided free of charge as a public service.

I was elected to membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2010, and I have three proven American Revolutionary War ancestors, one of whom was responsible for the success of the Crossing of the Delaware. For the Austin Colony Chapter of NSDAR, I serve as Literacy Chair. In addition, my volunteer work includes advocacy for ONE Campaign; staffing the Twitter feed of Citizens' Climate Lobby (Austin chapter); being a longtime member of the Yelp Elite for business reviews; and donating to We Are Blood. From 2015 to 2021, I served as the lead volunteer organizer of Nonprofit Tech Club Austin in partnership with NTEN, TechSoup Global and Capital Factory. Based on the success of the club, it is now transitioning to a statewide chapter focusing on tech advice and support for nonprofits.

The Media Room on Carolyn's Nonprofit Blog provides a variety of in-person and online presentations, and authorships. Questions? The secure contact form on my blog reaches me quickly. Thank you!

Audience Type

  • Association
  • Chapter Initiations
  • College/University Faculty
  • College/University Students
  • Corporation
  • Non-Profit

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United States (All)
Speaker Fee Yes
2,500.00 (USD)
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